Mental Health & Wellness

Who Do You Think You Are?! A Look Into the Johari Window | Self-Awareness Series Part 3 of 6

For Part 1 of the Self-Awareness Series, click here.

For Part 2 of the Self-Awareness Series, click here.


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to meet yourself as someone else? Or have you ever wondered what others really think about you?

The Johari window is a tool that helps people to better understand themselves.

It was invented in the 1905s by two psychologists — Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham — as a model for mapping awareness of one’s personality.

The Johari Window contains four quadrants which indicate various levels of awareness.

  • The Open Self: Information that you and others know about yourself
  • The Hidden Self: Information that you know about yourself, but others do not
  • The Blind Self: Information that others know about you, but you do not know
  • The Unknown Self: Information that neither your nor others know about yourself.

There is an online test for exploring your own Johari Window. On this website, you can complete The Hidden Self window pane by selecting words you feel describe you best. Then you can discover more about The Open Self and The Blind Self by sharing a generated link with your friends, family, or others to have them describe how they perceive you. This will give you more insight into The Open Self and The Blind Self window panes.

There is a level of vulnerability that goes along with increasing your self-awareness, and exploring your Johari Window in particular. Asking others to reveal things to you that you may not know about yourself can be a scary task. However, as I pointed out in Part 1 of the Self-Awareness Series, increasing your self-awareness can be a daunting, yet rewarding journey.

Have you ever done a Johari Window? What were some of the things you discovered about yourself?

Happy self-exploration! ♥

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